Final 2019 Newsletter
And just like that, we’re wrapping up 2019! I hope you and your families had lovely Thanksgivings and are looking forward to more holiday festivities. Our family traveled to Virginia for Thanksgiving, the first time in a year; it was nice to share my childhood home with Harrison and Oscar – and nice to come safely back to ours! We’ll host our annual Christmas Eve family get-together and take the boys and our dog Baryn to New Hampshire for a few nights to ring in 2020.
City Council Business Tomorrow
Tomorrow evening, the City Council has several items on our agendas, including the following:
- Liquor Licenses: Appropriations reviews the Mayor’s proposal to license up to 2 businesses to sell liquor....
Got A Street Issue? Here's What To Do, Plus October Update
The leaves are changing, households are stocking up on candy, pumpkins are being carved, and we're two weeks away from Election Day!
Got a Street Issue?
In the past six months, I've personally visited 3,812 homes (thanks to many of you who have helped me reach more). One refrain I hear throughout Melrose is concern about street and sidewalk conditions. I want to make sure you're aware of useful resources regarding streets and infrastructure. Read more...
Fall 2019 Update and KLG Melrose Trivia Challenge Answers!
Here comes the fall! I hope the beginning of the new season is going well for you and your families. For us, Harrison started first grade and fall soccer, and Oscar’s vocabulary continues to expand (his favorite words are “more” and “no!”). I want to update you on recent Board business, summarize some of my recent efforts, and – of course – reveal the answers to the Second Annual KLG Melrose Trivia Challenge and announce the winner!
Over the last month, the Board has voted on several significant matters. Read more...
Victorian Fair and Legislative Update
And there goes the summer! I hope your families are transitioning smoothly to a new season and new school year. Today, I'm writing to invite you to visit me Sunday at the Melrose Chamber of Commerce's Victorian Fair and to update you on a legislative development.
Like the last two years, I'll have a table at the Victorian Fair (this time in front of Halo Studios) and would love to see you! Please stop by to show your support or learn more about my reelection campaign, share your ideas, and enter the second annual KLG Melrose Trivia Challenge!
Legislative Update: Vacant Commercial Storefronts Ordinance
Additionally, in case you missed it, I wanted to share information about the ordinance I drafted and introduced that the Board enacted to maximize the potential of our small business community and spotlight our vibrant arts scene. Here's the press release: Read more...
Summer 2019 Update
How are we already into August? I hope each of you has been enjoying the summer season with family and friends. In July, we had our first family vacation in 2 years, enjoying the ocean waves, seaside hikes, and clamming tidal flats of the Rhode Island coast. It was incredibly special to have three generations of Mark’s and my combined family together, including to witness our intrepid Oscar’s early steps. In Melrose, we’re nearing the end of our home construction project and looking forward to moving back to Ward 7 (from Ward 1) imminently – and before Harrison starts first grade. Mark and I have been able to enjoy several rounds at Mt. Hood this summer and will celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary soon. I’m writing today as it’s been a while since I last provided an update.
Since my last newsletter, the Board met twice to focus on the June 20 Brazil Street sewer backup that severely impacted four homes. Read more....
Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Recap
Summer officially begins tomorrow! I trust you are enjoying the good weather when we get it. At home, we're celebrating Harrison's completion of kindergarten, Oscar's first birthday and upcoming first dunk in the Melrose YMCA pool, Mark's 40th birthday, and my reelection kickoff. Our family soon will head to Rhode Island for our first vacation since Oscar was born, so we're counting down the days!
Fiscal Year 2020 Budget
The last two months have been busy with Board meetings Monday and Thursday nights (recordings at MMTV) as we analyzed and ultimately approved the $86,662,987.61 Fiscal Year 2020 budget. As I've stated before, the annual budget cycle is the most important exercise in our City – it is a statement of what we value as a community. Read more...
Spring 2019 Update
Good morning, and happy spring! As we enter the new season, I’m writing to share an update on my service to Melrose and the work of the Board of Aldermen. The first quarter of 2019 has been a busy one for our City, and there is significant activity to come with the Fiscal Year 2020 budget deliberations beginning next month and the local election cycle officially kicking off in a couple weeks.
Proposed Vacant Commercial Property Ordinance: This week, after a year of research and conversations with various constituent groups, I filed a proposed ordinance that addresses long-term vacant commercial properties in Melrose. As in other Massachusetts municipalities, the ordinance would require a commercial property owner to register a long-term vacancy with the City so that we can maintain a centralized inventory that connects potential tenants to owners. Read more.
The Override, April 2
I support the override on April 2 because I want Melrose to continue to be the best it can be for all our kids as they grow up here and for all my neighbors. I am mindful of the investment the City is asking each household to make and what an increased tax bill means. There is a difference between my privately voting in support of the override and publicly advocating for it – and today, I am sharing my intention to do both.
As an Alderman-at-Large, I am elected to represent you, the City. In my first year in office, I have aimed to fulfill that responsibility by seeking public input on all issues before the Board and aiming to take positions that reflect and respect your (sometimes competing) perspectives. Today, in advocating for your support of the override, I am asking you to take a certain position, and I recognize the significance of this role reversal of sorts. Read more.
Happy New Year 2019!
Happy New Year! I hope that the holiday season provided you and your families with lovely memories for the cold months to come. As 2019 begins, I am sharing an update on my service to Melrose and the work of the Board of Aldermen.
Last week, Alderman Jennifer Lemmerman was elected to be President of the Board and announced committee assignments. I will serve as the Chair of the Appropriations Committee, the one committee in which all 11 Aldermen are members. I am honored by President Lemmerman's confidence in me to carry out these duties...Read more.
Happy November and Second Fall Update
Good Morning, and Happy November! I spent yesterday evening with Mark, an adorable monkey, and a Skeleton Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and have enjoyed seeing photos of kids at festivities throughout Melrose. As it’s been nearly two months since I last wrote, I am sharing an update on my service to Melrose and the work of the Board of Aldermen.
As anticipated in my September 12 update, the most substantive issue the Board has considered over the last two months is the proposed snow shoveling ordinance...Read more.
First Fall Update and Melrose Trivia Answers
Here comes the fall! I hope the beginning of the new season is going well for you and your families. On our home front, Harrison started kindergarten and is loving it; after his first day, he'd made a new friend in his class named... Harrison! After 4.5 months home with Oscar, I returned to work last week at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education...Read More.
Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Recap
Happy early days of summer! My parents have been visiting this month from Richmond, Virginia, and we’ve spoiled them with some beautiful weather. It’s been particularly welcome as I’m on maternity leave with Oscar, who turned two months old last Saturday and has more than doubled his birth weight!...Read More.
Melrose Population +1
I hope spring is treating you well. Tonight, in a joint meeting at 7pm, Mayor Infurna will address the Board of Aldermen and School Committee regarding the Fiscal Year 2019 (begins 7/1) budget. You may have seen in our local papers and/or on social media that Melrose is facing certain fiscal challenges...Read More.
Spring 2018 Update
Hello, and happy spring (weather notwithstanding)! It’s been two months since I last wrote, and I want to update you on my service to Melrose and the work of the Board of Aldermen.
Happy New Year! It's 2018!
It's also less than one week until the first meeting of the Melrose Board of Aldermen on Monday, January 8. I am excited to be sworn in as your Alderman-at-Large!
I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. My family kicked things off with the festive events...Read More.
We Did It!
We did it! Yesterday, voters across Melrose went to polls to choose their local elected representatives. I am honored and thrilled that you selected me to be one of your next Aldermen-at-Large. In the years to come, I am excited to work on the issues that matter to you...Read More.